Introduction to Agile Methodologies
Most organizations are adopting agile methodology to enable better collaboration between customer and the IT. With Agile the power of teamwork is unleashed. Agile is an iterative approach which concentrates on a continuous delivery framework. The focus is to start small and get timely and constructive feedback from customers. Many terminologies are circulating around Agile methodology such as DevOps , SecOps, Cloud OPs and so on.
Today we look more in detail about SecOps and DevOps methodologies, their advantages , and use cases etc.
SecOps is a combination of two separate concepts. SecOps meant ‘Security’ into ‘Operations’. SecOps aims to automate security tasks by combining security teams and ITOps teams together. Security is injected into the entire Lifecycle of a product from the starting and not at later stage. Objective is to ensure each and every member of the development team is aware of the security responsibility.
The goals of SecOps are :
- Increased security by prioritization of cybersecurity at all stages of development
- Keep security dynamic process which is constantly improving and adopting
- Spread responsibility for security to all parties involved in production and securing a given application
Benefits of SecOps
- Improvement in productivity
- Enhanced usage of resources
- Increased return on investment
- Application disruptions are reduced
- Reduction in cloud security threats
- More efficient auditing processes
DevOps is the first and original methodology which blends two focuses of computer science. ‘Dev’ means software development and ‘Ops’ means information technology operations or services. Hence Dev+Ops = DevOps or software development operations / services. DevOps methodology is designed to improve quick software production and improvement using constant collaboration, automation, combination and intelligence.
DevOps practises throughout the development cycle developers are able to have more control over product infrastructure and prioritize software performance over other tasks.
The goals of DevOps are :
- increase speed of software delivery enablement using automation and collaboration,
- increased control over production infrastructure,
- prioritization of efficient and consistent software delivery,
- streamlining the integration of software architecture and systems into future products
Modern DevOps cycle is different from traditional software development approach and look something like below:
- Plan software or application or patch for either of them
- Built patch or software
- Test the software or application in extensive manner
- Release the software to customers and end users
- Monitor customer feedback
- Begin planning for next iteration of software or application
DevOps methodologies include key components such as Microservices , IoC or infrastructure as a code, PaC or policy as code.
Benefits of DevOps
- More strong collaboration and communication within teams
- Achieve greater agility and speed for security teams
- Early detection and mitigation of code vulnerabilities
- Enhanced quality assurance testing
Comparison Table: SecOps vs DevOps
Below table summarizes the difference between the two terms:
|Definition||Collaboration between IT security and operations team||Collaboration between software development and IT operations team|
|Approach||Focus on security aspect of software or application||Focus on strong collaboration and communication with teams to ensure agility in software or application delivery|
|Scope||Building secure application or software||Development, remodelling and faster delivery of applications|
|Goal||Security in focus from start till end||Continuous and faster application development|
|Way of processing||Combination of manual or automated tests||Mostly automated or driven via AI|
|Implementation of changes||Changes are applied onto servers and applications||Changes are applied onto code|
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